People who are interested in solving problems in community health, health services, or health policy, may want to supplement their training with the Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research.

Current research investments reflect an emphasis on research that looks for ways to translate what has been learned in controlled settings into positive outcomes in clinical practice and community health. This research requires the ability to:

  • consider multiple factors that interact to influence a community or organization;
  • form and manage research partnerships with communities and organizations;
  • evaluate whether a health intervention or prevention method works or will be used; and
  • articulate policy implications of health issues and interventions.

The Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research focuses on the development of these skills.

Depending on a student's course load, requirements can be completed in two to three years. The certificate requirements are flexible in that you may propose qualifying courses to be considered as elective credit. All courses are face-to-face and taught on the UW–Madison campus during weekdays.

Further detail, including tuition and costs, is available at the Clinical & Community Outcomes Research website or by contacting the institute which hosts the program:

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Wisconsin–Madison
2112 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705


Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and not be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.

Note: This capstone certificate is not a full-time program and therefore cannot admit international students needing an F–1 or J–1 visa.

Application steps

A complete application includes the following:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student. On your application, select UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Clinical and Community Outcomes Research. This application is received and processed by Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). The final admission decision is made by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. 

2. Submission of the following materials to the capstone certificate program coordinator : Deidre Vincevineus, 750 Highland Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705,

  • The fillable downloadable program application form;
  • A photocopy of official transcripts from each college attended;
  • A CV or resume; and
  • If English is not your native language or your undergraduate instruction was not in English, please send  your official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted Capstone applicant must have a TOEFL (paper-based) test score above 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score above 237; or MELAB score above 82.

Notification of admission to the capstone certificate program:

  • Within three weeks after submitting a complete application, the applicant receives notice of the admission decision. Questions regarding the status of the application should be directed to the certificate program coordinator: Deidre Vincevineus at


Upon admission, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee reviews the student's stated research interests and recommends an advisor. At a meeting with the advisor, the program curriculum will be developed in relation to the student's learning and career objectives. 

The Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) will assist with enrollment questions, connecting with other departments and offices on campus, and University policies and procedures (e.g., add, drop, and withdrawal process).
Core Requirement3
Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
Select one course from each of the following areas: 15-6
Working with Communities
Bridging the Gap Between Research and Action
Prevention Science
Health Systems Engineering
Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities
Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement
Healthcare Operations Management
Managing Technological and Organizational Change
Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement
Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions
Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance
Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Community Organization and Change
Community Development
Qualitative Methods Relevant to Clinic and Community Outcomes Research
Research Methods and Research Design in Cultural Anthropology
Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn
Biomedical Ethics and Society
Advanced Qualitative Design and Methods
Seminar-Qualitative Methodology
Project 22
Select one of the following:1-2
Graduate Seminar in Industrial Engineering 3
Advanced Independent Study
Research 4
Community Engagement in Health Services Research
Presentation/Video Option 5
Total Credits11-13
  1. Develop a research question about a health concern of an actual community.
  2. Select an evidence‐based approach to addressing the health concern.
  3. Involve investigators from two or more disciplines and/or stakeholders from two or more sectors as partners in the project.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of collaboration skills for sustainable partnerships, e.g., benefits to the community partner(s) are built into the project; evidence of partner input to project design.
  5. Employ data gathering and analysis methods that respect community partners' organizational culture, values, staffing, and work flow.